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The In-Laws (1979) Poster

(1979)

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After The In-Laws (2003) came out, Alan Arkin called Peter Falk to congratulate him on all the great reviews he was getting from critics recalling the original as they trashed the remake.
In the 2003 DVD commentary, Alan Arkin relates that Marlon Brando once told him he had seen this film 20 times and even imitated Arkin's delivery of certain lines from the film. Writer Andrew Bergman concurs that Brando's appreciation of his script was integral to getting Brando to star in The Freshman (1990).
Fran Drescher was originally cast as the daughter, Barbara Kornpett, but was fired shortly after filming began and was replaced by Penny Peyser.
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
When Vince is getting directions to meet the general, the streets include "United Fruit Boulevard," a reference to the US company that historically dominated much of Central America--economically and politically--and gave rise to the expression "a banana republic."
Film debut of David Paymer.
Decades before Peter Falk played the part of a CIA agent, and well before he decided to become an actor, he applied for a job at the CIA (during the "Red Scare" era brought about by Joseph McCarthy). Falk managed to get an interview with the agency, but his interviewer told him that one of the schools he went to, the New School for Social Research, had a "pinkish" reputation, and that because Falk once was a member of the "communist-dominated" Marine Cooks and Stewards Union, he not only couldn't work for the CIA, but wouldn't find work anywhere in Washington.
According to the audio commentary, Andrew Bergman said this was originally going to be a sequel to Freebie and the Bean (1974), which had starred Alan Arkin.
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David Paymer did the bulk of his own driving. He hadn't driven a car for two years when he was cast as the cab driver.
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James Hong improvised all his dialogue on the plane.
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When Vince is in the taxi heading to his office, there's a cigarette ad with Peter Falk as "Columbo".
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The practically brand new 1975 model Lear Jet-24 belonged to the Clay Lacy Co. and was still registered to the company in 2015.
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Andrew Bergman got the idea for the serpentine routine from a football player he knew in college.
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The scene with the taxi going through the park on the sidewalk was shot on a Sunday.
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Peter Falk improvised the dialogue about the chicken sandwiches.
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Alan Arkin came up with the idea for the firing squad to sing "Trees."
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A majority of the CIA agents who appear at the end were actually medical students who were attending a university in Mexico.
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